News & Events

  • September 28, 2014

    NHLA to offer expanded training offerings and give away Apple iPad at GIE+EXPO

    The NHLA will be offering nine courses at the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, KY October 22 and 23; Ensuring Clear Communication through all Stages of Every Job (Spanish), Building Training Programs for your Latino Workforce (English) , Becoming a Leader in the Green Industry (Spanish), The Keys to Satisfied Long-term Customers (Spanish), Motivate without Money (Spanish), Motivate without Money (English), Developing Latino Leaders (English), Intercultural Dynamics (Spanish), and Understanding your Latino Workforce (English).  All members are encouraged to make plans to attend GIE+Expo with key employees this year. " GIE+EXPO is Christmas morning for anyone in the landscape industry; attendees will find a wide range of educational sessions, a huge exhibit center filled with all the latest equipment innovations by every manufacturer, an outdoor area where you can use the equipment, and a networking opportunity second to none.  It's impossible to do it all, but well worth going, and a great way to recognize a key employee for contributing to the company's success," remarked NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües.  Those attending GIE+EXPO will also have a chance to win an Apple iPad by participating in the NHLA Passport game which encourages attendees to visit the booths of NHLA Supporting Members Briggs & Stratton, Caterpillar, Cub Cadet, Exmark, Greenworks Pro, Honda Power Equipment, Hustler, John Deere, Kohler, Oregon, and Stihl.  When at GIE+EXPO visit the NHLA at booth 10158.

  • September 12, 2014

    NHLA helped restore and beautify the National Mall

    Volunteers from NHLA members Alexandria Lawn & Landscaping Services, RulyScapes, Ruppert Landscape, and Total Tree Care joined other industry leaders in a Day of Service initiative on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on the 12th of September. The more than 80 volunteers will work on improving the space just north of the Lincoln Monument Reflecting Pool in the one-day event hosted by the Trust for the National Mall.  For more information, please read the NHLA press releases in English or Spanish.

  • June 15, 2014

    John Deere makes Big Discounts available to NHLA Members

    As of June 16, 2014, members of the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance are be eligible for Level 2 Savings under the John Deere GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program, which provides equipment discounts, parts savings, workshop product discounts, and other exclusive member benefits.  Read More

  • June 6, 2014

    New Directors Elected to NHLA Board

    Congratulations to Ivan Giraldo, President, Clean Scapes Landscaping (Austin, TX), MJ Macias, Branch Manager, Gachina Landscape Management (Menlo Park, CA), Jose Arroyo, President, Jose's Landscaping (Lyman, SC), Gabriel Medina, Controller, Lawn Management Company (Houston, TX), and Domenic Chiarella, Chief Executive Officer, 7 of 7 Best Business and Life Strategies (Southbury, CT) on their recent election to the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance Board of Directors.  "We look forward to working with the five new Directors as we continue to grow the NHLA and make it an even greater resource for our members," stated NHLA President Raul Berrios, RulyScapes (Centreville, VA)

  • June 1, 2014

    NHLA challenges ASHRAE on turfgrass limits

    ASHRAE,  the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is in the process of revising standards for "improved landscapes" as part of its Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, and once again is proposing limits on turfgrass use.  The NHLA has joined other industry organizations in opposing such policies which have no scientific basis and which if adopted would greatly reduce demand for landscape services across the country.  "Those truly concerned about the identification and adoption of sustainable practices should be leveraging scientific findings, not ignoring them in favor of misguided rhetoric," noted NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües, "Turfgrass is a high performing ground cover that produces oxygen, sequesters carbon, controls storm water runoff, reduces airborne dust and allergens, and produces other environmental and human health benefits at a rate that other groundcover can't match, yet ASHRAE continues to promote limiting its use; turning a blind eye to decades of scientific findings."  To view the NHLA's most recent public comment to ASHRAE, please click here.

  • April 22, 2014

    DC area nonprofit gets landscaping makeover by NHLA members

    Alexandria Lawn Service, Denison Landscaping, Epling Landscaping and Lawn Services, RulyScapes, and Ruppert Landscape celebrated Earth Day by teaming up to provide a landscaping makeover for a Good Shepherd Housing Foundation (GSHF) home for chronically mentally ill and at-risk residents. To read more, and view photos and news accounts, please click here.

  • April 4, 2014

    Hispanicize recognizes NHLA Founding President

    Chuy Medrano, was one of 20 Latino leaders whose contributions were recognized with a Hispanicize Positive Impact Award.  "Chuy Medrano's recognition as a Positive Impact Award winner was more than well deserved recognition of an exemplary humanitarian.  It also served to focus a bright light on the landscape industry, and its importance to US Hispanic communities across the country.  The star-studded gala event at Miami's Hotel Intercontinental was attended by Hispanic leaders from across the US economy including many in the media, the arts, medicine, and education, all assembled to honor the winners and their stories.  No star shone brighter that night than our Chuy who accepted his award "on behalf of the more than half a million Latino landscapers that make the world more beautiful for all of us," noted NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües who attended the event.  Key regional news outlets across the country focused on Chuy's contributions in their coverage of this year's Hispanicize Awards including Fox News Latino, MSN Latino, La Prensa (San Antonio), USA Hispanic (Washington, DC), Vida Latina (San Diego), and Telemundo (Atlanta).

  • February 6, 2014

    NHLA prepares 17 new trainers

    A successful train the trainer program provided seventeen landscape company employees with an improved skill set for enhancing the professional development of landscape company workers.  Attendees from Virginia to California spent two and a half days in intense sessions that included role playing, video feed back, and specific instructions on proven training techniques.

  • January 18, 2014

    NHLA successfully introduces Spanish courses at NC Green & Growin' 2014

    More than ninety attended the NHLA sponsored courses in Spanish at the North Carolina industry trade show, Green & Growin’ in Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, January 15. Attendees learned about the NHLA, how to increase crew & crew leader accountability, the dos and don’ts of pesticide application, and efficient irrigation system design and troubleshooting.

  • November 25, 2013

    Chuy Medrano recognized with Distinguished Service Award

    Congratulations to NHLA immediate past president, Jesus ‘Chuy’ Medrano, on his being named the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association (RMRTA) 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

  • September 24, 2013

    Classes in Spanish for GIC

    The NHLA will offer courses in Spanish and English featuring successful company owners and other Hispanic leaders in late October in Louisville, KY. For a complete schedule and description of the courses, please click here .

  • July 11, 2013

    Apple iPad Giveaway

    Visit us at GIE+Expo Booth 10158 to learn how you can win an Apple iPad this week!

  • July 11, 2013

    NHLA ED speaks in Long Beach

    Ralph Egües, the NHLA Executive Director, was the opening session speaker at the 2013 Landscape Expo in Long Beach, CA. His lunchtime presentation on the 16th of October focused on the importance of the landscape industry and US Latinos to one another. The NHLA also had a booth, #355, at the two-day event and a number of conference attendees joined the NHLA.

  • July 11, 2013

    Join us on the Hill in DC this month

    The NHLA will again join with PLANET in visiting Members of Congress and staff, and administration officials on the 23rd of July to advance positions of importance to our members. This year our greatest concern is the recently enacted H-2B wage rule which has placed at risk the continued viability of reputable employers in the landscape industry and others.

  • April 16, 2013

    Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions Suspended

    As announced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on April 2, 2013, USCIS has temporarily suspended adjudication of certain Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to the Court order entered March 21, 2013 in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis, 2:09-cv-00240-LDD (E.D. Pa).

  • June 16, 2012

    NHLA President featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine

    Jesus "Chuy" Medrano, was a featured entrepreneur in the Hispanic Executive summer issue. The article in the July/August/September issue includes highlights of Chuy’s career, from his start in the landscape industry to his becoming the CEO and owner of one of the most successful landscaping companies in the country. During his interview, Chuy also spoke about his experience with the NHLA, "When I was approached to join the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance, it didn't require any consideration. My goal is to get every Latino in the landscaping industry to join the Alliance because I believe there is power in numbers and that we can make a difference."

  • June 13, 2012

    DOL issues H-2B Program Statistics

    A recent report of selected statistic on the H-2B program illustrates the great importance of this program to the landscape industry. Three of the top 10 occupations for H-2B workers, "Laborer / Landscape", "Groundskeeper, Industrial Commercial", and "Landscape Gardener" are related to the landscape industry. Laborer / Landscape, the top occupation, alone employs more H-2B workers than the other nine occupations combined!

  • May 17, 2012

    Members of Congress write Secretary Solis regarding H-2B

    Thirty-eight members of Congress wrote Secretary Hilda Solis, opposing the Department of Labor’s recent proposed changes to the H-2B visa program. The letter, written at the request of the NHLA and other members of the H-2B Coalition, strongly urged Secretary Solis to officially withdraw both pending H-2B regulation due to the financial hardship these proposed changes would cause small businesses that rely on the program. The letter emphasized that the claims of small businesses against the new H-2B regulations were validated by recent federal court findings.

  • May 4, 2012

    NHLA participates in Day of Service

    National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) members RulyScapes, Denison Landscaping, and John Deere Landscapes, and others, contributed more than $8,000.00 in labor and materials to build a new playground for the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) and improve the seven acres of playing fields at the non-profit community sports park in Centreville, Virginia. The SYA Sports Park provides a rare opportunity for children to play organized sports on natural grass fields in a part of the country where state-owned and municipal fields have largely been converted to artificial turf. The finished playground includes a play unit with swings and slides, as well as a series of low ground level activities, making the space attractive to different age groups. “As the grateful recipients of this service project, we have not only realized important site improvements, we have also become more aware of the significant environmental and human health benefits of our natural grass playing fields,” said SYA President, Gary Flather, to NHLA members who participated in the National Day of Service.

  • April 27, 2012

    Federal Judge blocks proposed H-2B Rules

    On April 23, the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and others, filed a suit against the Department of Labor to stop the proposed changes to the H-2B visa program from going into effect. On April 27, 2012, Federal Judge Casey Rodgers issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Department of Labor from enforcing the new H-2B regulations.

  • November 3rd, 2011

    ICC rejects 40% turf limitation!

    More than two-thirds of the building code officials present at the International Code Council proceedings in Phoenix, AZ voted to reject inclusion of a 40% turf limitation in the IgCC Code. The NHLA partnered with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and other industry associations in opposing the measure and our efforts gained the support of the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Association of State Fire Marshalls, and others.

  • October 28th, 2011

    Annual Membership Meeting

    The NHLA Annual Membership Meeting took place on Friday, October 28 at 9:00am at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY. Josh Denison (Denison Landscaping – Fort Washington, MD) and Lalo Torres (Sun Hardscaping – Raleigh, NC) were elected as Directors.

  • October 25, 2011

    EPA Announces Intent to Remove 40% turf limitation from WaterSense® program

    In a Notification of Intent (NOI), WaterSense outlines several proposed modifications under consideration including one affecting the landscape design portion of the program. The EPA currently allows two options for complying with landscape requirements; (1) Regionally-based allocations determined using EPA’s Water Budget Tool; or (2) Maximum turf allocation determined using a set percentage (i.e., 40 percent) of the landscaped area. The proposed modification would eliminate Option 2. "This is an important change, pursued by our association and others, that removes a policy adopted without scientific basis that fails to consider the significant environmental and human health benefits of turfgrass, including oxygen production, carbon sequestration, stormwater control and the reduction of site ambient temperatures." noted NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües.

  • September 29th, 2011

    Green Industry Pros - Rising Force

  • September 19th, 2011

    NHLA sues US Department of Labor

    The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance joined the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and others in standing against the ill-conceived policies of the US Department of Labor (DOL) as a named plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in Florida. We prefer constructive engagement and will continue to seek dialogue over confrontation in furthering with our members their best interests. However, other efforts had failed to stop the DOL from requiring firms that hire H-2B labor to raise the compensation of those workers, and others they employ in similar roles by 50% or more. Had the measure gone into effect it would have caused companies to drastically scale back their operations or close.

  • July 26th, 2011

    Hispanically Speaking News– HSN Financial News - Landscaping business owners facing industry crisis amidst proposed policy changes

  • July 26th, 2011

    Semana News – Houston - reducción de jardines afecta medio ambiente y empleos

  • July 11th, 2011

    Lawn & Landscape - A new voice enters national dialogue

  • July 6th, 2011

    Impacto - Propietarios de negocios de jardinería y paisajismo confrontan crises en la industria por medio de cambios propuestos por el gobierno federal

  • June 14th, 2011

    Lawn & Landscape – Association News - NHLA supports senators concerns about EPA policy

  • June 14th, 2011

    Roll Call - Hispanic connection opens doors for niche group